Stars including Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, Cee Lo, Fergie, and, at one point, current Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, were all reportedly under consideration to join Cowell and former record executive LA Reid on the X Factor panel—big names with bigger personalities who had some hoping that Cowell's new series wouldn't be a second (or, rather, third) coming of the two other competitions he's already headed. But by choosing Abdul, who spent eight seasons seated next to Cowell at the Idol table, and Cole, who judges the British version of The X Factor alongside him, it's clear that Cowell's gearing up to produce more of the same with the new series. Finke, who conducted the exclusive, is certainly not impressed:
"First of all, it's like casting a dinner party. You've got to have people on the panel you get on well with." But in my opinion this is sounding like the most boring dinner party ever and I wouldn't bother staying tuned through dessert.
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